Located just behind the Humboldt State University lies what seems to be another world masked by the name Arcata Community Forest. With 790 acres of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, playground, disc golf, and green lush open field area, there’s a little bit of outdoors recreation for everyone.
Rustic landscaping of bridges, steps, integral traverses, old growth and fallen trees with potential elevation gains between 250-1010 await you in your redwood exploration. You get lost in the wonderment of how small you really are within this forest of Giants. Owned by the City of Arcata, the trails and play areas are well maintained and true asset to the community. A map is located at the Redwood Forest parking area or you can print one.
For the most part you have the trails to yourself with only a few passing hikers as the forest has a lot of acreage to explore. Because of transient population and the dense vast forest to hide in, you may come upon people living there. If you come upon a camp be friendly but keep on your way. They are friendly, for the most part, but always err on the side of caution.
Be sure to bring a light jacket or long sleeve as the temperature dips down 10-13 degrees under the canopy. It is a forest so be aware of nature…it’s out there. Be on the lookout for deer, wildcats, slugs and more. Your furry pal is welcome on the trails too but please keep them on their leash.
Come enjoy the Arcata Community Forest and what part of the Redwood Curtain has to offer and take some time to hike Humboldt.